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Novel update

I’ve recently updated my website and migrated hosts, so I hope to start posting more content again regularly and working on shopping my novel again. The plan is to start submitting to literary agents again over the summer. In the past, these were some literary agencies I had looked at. I am fortunate enough to…

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The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell Series: Saxon Tales Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014) ISBN-10: 0061969702 New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell returns to his epic Saxon Tales saga with The Pagan Lord, a dramatic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain. At the…

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Richard III laid to rest

From Yahoo News: King Richard III of England will be laid back to rest in a wooden coffin sealed inside a tomb made of Swaledale fossil stone in Leicester Cathedral, the dean of the cathedral announced Monday (June 16)… …The Plantagenet Alliance and its supporters argued that Richard III had adopted York as his hometown…

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Building the Great Cathedrals

From PBS: Take a dazzling architectural journey inside those majestic marvels of Gothic architecture, the great cathedrals of Chartres, Beauvais and other European cities. Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, some cathedrals now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, a team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches…

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Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle is a 14th century castle in East Sussex built by Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385. Edward Dalyngrigge was a former knight of Edward III, fighting for the king in the Hundred Years’ War as a member of the Free Companies. He received his license to build Bodiam from King Richard II. The castle has…

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Medieval Mass and Music

The following article explores the components of the medieval mass and its music. From the-orb.net: The present essay describes the Mass as celebrated in Latin Christianity during the Middle Ages. It assumes the full complement of clergy (priests, clerics in what are known as “minor orders,” and non-clerical assistants) needed to carry out the complex…

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Bones of Swedish medieval king examined

From the AP: UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) — Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160. The researchers also removed the king’s burial crown, which is the oldest known royal crown in…

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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga by William W. Fitzhugh The story of the Viking expansion west across the North Atlantic between AD. 800 and 1000, the settlement of Iceland and Greenland, and the exploration of northeastern North America, is a chapter of history that deserves to be more widely known. Norse discoveries in the North…

Cracking the Viking Rune Code

Mysterious Viking Rune Code Cracked? By Ida Kvittingen Why did Vikings sometimes use codes when they wrote in runes? Were the messages secret, or did they have other reasons for encrypting their runic texts? Researchers still don’t know for sure. But Runologist K. Jonas Nordby thinks he has made progress toward an answer. He has…